Usvi Commissioner Of Tourism Honored As Outstanding Woman In Travel

Nicholson-Doty Recognized as a Leader in Tourism Marketing

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 19, 2008 – Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty was honored as an Outstanding Woman in Travel by the Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME) during the 2008 ATME Travel Marketing Conference in Las Vegas on June 12. Commissioner Nicholson-Doty was presented with the organization’s prestigious Atlas Award by American Airlines for her exceptional tourism-marketing efforts since her appointment to office in March 2007.

“I feel privileged to be acknowledged among such an esteemed group of tourism leaders,” states Commissioner Nicholson-Doty. “I am proud of the accomplishments the Department of Tourism has made in such a short period of time, and we will continue to strive for excellence in marketing the U.S. Virgin Islands in the months and years to come.”

Previous Atlas Awards winners include casino resort developer Steve Wynn, media mogul Ted Turner, former President and Chairman of American Airlines Robert Crandall and former President and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines Bob Dickinson.

The award will be formally presented to Commissioner Nicholson-Doty by Hugh Riley, Director of Marketing for the Caribbean Tourism Organization, on June 24 during the Allied Luncheon and Awards Presentation as a part of the Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit in Washington, DC.

As Commissioner of Tourism, Nicholson-Doty oversees the Department’s advertising and marketing plans, national and international tourism-related efforts and product development. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Nicholson-Doty was named President of the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association in 2004, after working for the organization as the Executive Director for over a decade. She also served for three consecutive terms as Vice President of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE), elected by her counterparts in the Caribbean region.

The Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME) was established in 1980 and is a non-profit, professional association made up of experienced and innovative travel industry marketers representing all segments including: airlines, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, online travel companies and initiatives, CVB’s, local, state, and international tourist offices, car rental companies, technology and marketing solution providers (ad, marketing, pr agencies), and media executives. The ATME Atlas awards recognize executives and companies for innovative tactics, results-oriented programs and broad marketing vision. For more information about ATME and the Atlas Awards, visit www.atme.org.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, visit usvitourism.vi. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel—including on-line check-in—making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.